Hostages freed from mosque in Central African Republic

Posted May 16, 2017

This is not the first time peacekeepers have been targeted in the Central African Republic.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MINUSCA Parfait Onanga-Anyanga vigorously condemned the attack, adding that "MINUSCA will do everything in its power together with the legitimate Central African authorities to arrest the perpetrators of these frightful acts".

Radio France International, citing a local source, said hundreds of fighters had taken part in the attacks this weekend and had killed at least 30 people.

The latest attack comes less than a week after Moroccan and Cambodian peacekeepers were ambushed on the Rafai-Bangassou road, 220 km south-east of the town of Bria, in auto.

"These attacks led to significant population displacement, an undetermined number of civilian casualties and the death of one Moroccan peacekeeper, bringing to six the number of peacekeepers killed in the Central African Republic this week", the spokesperson said, noting that Mr. Guterres offered his condolences to the family of the bereaved peacekeeper and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed "outrage" and called on the authorities "to investigate the attacks in order to swiftly bring those responsible to justice".

He stressed the AU's willingness to cooperate with the region, the United Nations and other worldwide actors that help the auto to overcome the challenges posed by the ongoing civil war.

He reaffirmed the UN's support for MINUSCA, which is in vehicle to protect civilians and stabilize the country.

Reiterating support to the Central African authorities and to MINUSCA in implementing its mandate to protect civilian populations, France said it is "determined to continue, in consultation with its European, African and worldwide partners, its efforts for the stabilization and consolidation of peace in the Central African Republic".

Five U.N. peacekeepers were killed in May 8 attacks in Bangassou.

The attack came just hours after the United Nations held a memorial ceremony to honour five peacekeepers killed on May 8, in a nearby village of Yogofongo. Ten peacekeepers, 9 Moroccan and a Cambodian, were injured in this attack.